Intel will market its first dedicated graphics card in 2021. It will not be available for sale to individuals.
The graphics card market is definitely booming. After the launch of the GeForce RTX 3000, most recently the RTX 3070, and the presentation of their rivals with the Radeon RX 6800 XT and the RX 6900 XT and 6800, here comes Intel’s turn.
The brand particularly known for its processors had presented at the beginning of the year at CES its project to fully embark on the dedicated graphics chip market. It should be remembered that Intel is already one of the market leaders in graphics chips for sale thanks to the integration of its solutions in many ultraportables. But these solutions lack power, and in fact have little resemblance to GeForces and Radeons.
Today, Intel confirms its entry into the desktop graphics card market with at least one card based on DG1, the name given to the architecture of its graphics chips.
Limited to manufacturers, and not very powerful
Unfortunately, we are still far from the presentation of a rival of the new Radeon or GeForce. This Intel DG1 card will only be offered to the brand’s partner manufacturers for integration into pre-assembled PCs. So forget the idea of buying your PCI-Express graphics to mount it in your own machine.
Furthermore, the target market for Intel seems to be that of low-end graphics cards. Manufacturers can add this type of card as an alternative to an Nvidia MX350 to easily provide technologies related to the graphics chip, such as hardware video decoding and encoding.
Launch in 2021
Intel does not have details on the first DG1 graphics card for PC, nor the first manufacturers to integrate it. We will be satisfied with knowing that the product should be released in 2021.